Class of 2020
Lisa Kunkle is an accomplished C-suite executive with over 13 years of experience in the specialty chemicals industry. She is currently senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for Avient Corporation (formerly PolyOne Corporation) (NYSE: AVNT), a premier provider of specialized and sustainable material solutions.
As a member of Avient’s leadership team, Lisa is involved in setting the strategic direction for the Company and responsible for executing that strategic vision. She is experienced in merger and acquisition transactions, risk assessment and mitigation, regulatory and legal compliance, government affairs, environmental management, team building, and change management. She has provided counsel on executive and director compensation programs, takeover preparedness, corporate governance, corporate compliance issues and more.
During her 13-year tenure at Avient, she has completed over 22 transactions, ranging in size from $6 million to $1.5 billion, including both acquisitions and divestitures. Thirteen years ago, Avient embarked on a specialty transformation that included a significant amount of M&A activity. This transformation resulted in Avient shifting from a volume-driven, commodity-based company heavily tied to cyclical end markets, to a specialty growth company with world-class innovation, technology and service. During this transformation, Lisa was dedicated to building and maintaining relationships and providing support and guidance to all stakeholders, including management and the board of directors. Dedicated to collaboration and incorporating diverse viewpoints, Lisa’s team consistently received the highest engagement scores within the Company.
Before joining Avient in 2007, Lisa was a partner with Jones Day, where she specialized in the areas of corporate and securities law and advised on various compensation and governance matters. She served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio, before joining Jones Day in 1995.
Lisa serves on the Board of Trustees for Cleveland State University, Magnificat High School, and the Cleveland Leadership Center.
Lisa’s business training includes the Executive Education Program at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (2011) and a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Miami University (1990), where she graduated with honors. In 2020, Lisa was the ACG Cleveland Deal Makers Award Winner and, in 2015, Lisa was the Crain’s General and In-House Counsel Award Winner – Public Company Category. Her law degree is from the University of Toledo, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Moot Court Board. She also served as an Editor of the Law Review.